Robert L. Backman

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Robert L. Backman is an emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the First Quorum of the Seventy from April 1, 1978, until he was granted emeritus status on October 3, 1992. During this time he served in the Presidency of the Seventy from October 6, 1985 until August 15, 1992 and the Young Men general president from 1979 to 1985. He was briefly president of the joint Aaronic Priesthood-MIA from 1972 to 1974. The Boy Scouts of America awarded him the Silver Buffalo in 1986 for his work to incorporate Scouting into the Young Men organization.

He served as president of the Jordan River Utah Temple from 2005 to 2008. He was a temple sealer and a regional representative.

Backman was born on March 22, 1922, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He spent part of his teen years in South Africa where his father was serving as mission president. He graduated from high school in Salt Lake City. After high school he served as a full-time missionary in the Northern States Mission. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. He studied law at the University of Utah and was a lawyer. He also served two terms as a member of the Utah House of Representatives.

Backman’s wife, Virginia, passed away in 1999. They are the parents of seven children.